HIT A SEASON SLAM
Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. It’s also a path to fun. For many hunters, whitetails are not only their favorite game animal—it’s the only game they pursue. This makes it a bit easier to understand why folks fall into, shall we say, a rut. A solution? Diversify. Many of the areas that hold whitetails in the fall are also topnotch locations for other species. Take advantage of this wild bounty by creating your own “slam,” and then make it happen.
For example: Say you’re a Wisconsin hunter. You could start the day by targeting walleyes from a canoe in a local river. With a little luck, you might jump up a few ducks as well, so keep your shotgun handy. Then beach the boat and chase grouse after lunch. Finally, wrap up the day with whitetails in the evening.
Another combo: Hunt early-season geese in the morning, pheasants at midday, and deer in the evening. Live in the Great Lakes region? Perfect. You can combo up on river-run salmon, grouse, fall turkeys, and whitetails.
Choose your own adventure, and make the most of the options available. the tools Besides rods, reels, guns, and bows, you don’t need much to pull off this challenge. Pack layering apparel so you can adapt throughout the day. And be sure to have a cooler on hand to keep the fish and other game you collect on the outing fresh.